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CEAC Blog Archive: March, 2012

Mourning the Loss of Pope Shenouda III

by Joel Elowsky

We were recently informed of the death of our friend, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. Pope Shenouda, Pope of Alexandria and 117th Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, was a champion of the African church in Egypt during a time of repressive policies against the Coptic minority. More recently, during this time of political upheaval with the Arab Spring, the Pope remained a stalwart witness to the central the message of Jesus Christ as the only solid rock on which our faith can be built. He also was a pope for the people, making himself available each week to

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Cyprian and Temptation

by Joel Elowsky

Early African Christians knew what it was like to engage in spiritual warfare on a daily basis. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (d. Sept 14, 258) knew the struggles of his parishioners in North Africa. These struggles with temptation are as relevant today as they were in the third century. Today we are concerned about the rampant corruption, greed, promiscuity that confront us at every turn. It was no less in third century North Africa:

Our warfare is with avarice, with immodesty, with anger, with ambition; our trying and toilsome wrestling with carnal vices, with
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Nubian Bishop

The Deep Roots of Nubian Christianity

by Joel Elowsky

Paul Bowers wrote an article more than 25 years ago that spoke of the deep roots of Nubian Christianity.  In his article, "Nubian Christianity: The Neglected Heritage," Bowers asserts that there was a lively Christianity in northern Sudan that lasted more than a millennia. Why it survived as long as it did, but also its demise in the 15th century is the subject of this paper which he wrote back in 1985 for the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology iv.1 (1985) 3-23. It is an article worth reading and pondering. We provide the link below:

http://www.theoledafrica.org/OtherMaterials/Files/NubiaNeglectedHeritage.pdf

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